Published On: Mon, Nov 4th, 2019

The Brazilian Immigration

The Brazilian middle class, especially those formed by technicians, engineers, scientists, professionals such as lawyers, medical economists, dentists, teachers and others, form a new group that seeks to immigrate to the United States.

The struggle for the best educational opportunity for their children and for them to have more opportunities for a professional future, combined with public and legal insecurity, has led the country’s best thinking heads to seek an opportunity to move to the USA.

The retired middle class is taking their available capital and income to Portugal where they have no taxes to pay for 10 years and do not have to dig into another language.

But the most intellectually prepared, they rely more on American education and, being a meritocratic regime by nature, see the United States as the best option for their children.

We have had several immigration trends here. In one, Brazilians came here to escape the misery and lack of opportunities in Brazil. In others, more recently, we observed the escape of those who had high available capital and wanted the certainty of the security against the risks of Brazil becoming a Venezuela, as was predicted with the Government of “Mrs. Dilma Clinton”.

Also, those who have gained a lot from the socialist governments of the past 16 years also came over, but they thought the tap was closing and they tried to come to the US to see if they had another chance to engage in the Brazilians who were moving here.

With this new “trend” Brazil that has “deported” more than $ 600 billion of capital is risking losing a significant percentage of its “intelligence.” This trend has been aggravated by the worst of legal insecurities.

Brazilians expected a resumption of economic growth, quality of education and new job opportunities after the last elections.

For that reason, they trusted that there would be a resumption of public morality. Corruption had, by the smallest numbers, sent to the drain (pocket of the corrupt) more than $ 1 trillion reais fruit of the work of Brazilians, apart from its disastrous consequences.

In the absence of these resources, there is no quality water in less developed areas, food for the poor, modern appropriate education and fair employment opportunity.

Now, Brazil’s highest court has confirmed that impunity will continue to exist for the corrupt who have the money to pay good attorneys and have a relationship with the relatives of the ministers who, housed in offices in Brasilia, pass on large sums to husbands as “allowances” or donations.

The fight against violence in Brazil has resulted, more for the support of the public men, idealists like Minister Sérgio Mouro and governors who feel supported in the fight against the crime that happened in the previous governments when the policeman was always the punished one in the fight against the thief.

The law, however, continues to help the bad guys and Congress refuses to modify them.

We still see the absurdity of the husband who defended his wife and children against criminals who broke into his house for the second time, the same night, being arrested and the thug being released to return to rob the same house for the third time, the same night.

In the US, crime has suffered consecutive defeats. In two years, violent crime fell by 4.6%. Thefts dropped to 50,000 during this period and burglary home invasions were reduced to 286,000.

Disbelief leads “intelligence” to seek a safe and proper place to apply what they know and not limit the future of their offspring.

Good for the US that gains financial and intellectual values, bad for Brazil that follows the example of Venezuela that has lost all capacity for economic recovery and welfare for its population.

Carlo Barbieri


About the Author

- My name is Carlo Barbieri, an entrepreneur, civic activist and a leader of many organizations associated with Brazil. A native of Brazil myself, I am currently the CEO of Oxford Group, a firm composed of many international consulting and trading companies. I am also a founding member of the Brazilian Business Group and founding member and Past President of the Brazil Club. In addition, I serve as a Board member of the Deerfield Chamber of Commerce. I have served as a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Brazil Partnership. Past President of the Rotary Club – Boca Raton West for the 2014-2015 term, I have also been Vice President and Professor of 2Grow – Human Development. An Ambassador of Barry University in Brazil, I am the former President of the Black Fire Bull Steak House. I have also presided over a number of organizations such as the Brazilian Association of Trading Companies (ABECE), Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil-Australia Chamber of Commerce, Brazil-Dominican Republican Chamber of Commerce; director of the Trade Center of the State of São Paulo, Brazilian Association of Freight Forwarders and Brazilian Association of Banks. I was also a local Council member for the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, for the 2013-2017 term.

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